Thoughts of Sony Made PlayStation 4 Sugar Plumbs Dancing in Our Heads

By: Louis Edwards

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With Sony’s much anticipated event finally over, and after we have had time to watch the video again, we take a few moments to reflect on what we saw, what we are afraid of, and what we expect to come this Holiday Season 2013.

So many rumors swirled around prior to the event that most weren’t sure exactly what all Sony would reveal. The PlayStation 4’s announcement was a given but a few surprises came along as well.The specs for the PS4 are outstanding but with no price announcement, and no console to actually view, they left a little to be desired. (Full Spec Sheet in PDF)

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A lot of gamers are happy to see developer Bungie on board with their upcoming title Destiny. Killzone Shadow Fall and inFamous Second Son both looked amazing, as well as David Cage’s PS4 tech demo of an old man. Software developers from all over the world are on board with this next gen console, but we have to wonder how they feel about not having PS3 backward compatibility with the PS4. (Full list at the bottom of the page)

Another section of the video dealt mainly with the PS Vita and how it will theoretically work with the PS4. We say theoretically because we have heard this same song before. Remote Play for the old PSP was promised years ago, and very little support ever came about. Remote Play on the PS Vita was talked about in depth before the Vita launched, and we have yet to see many of those promised features.

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The same features being touted for the PS4 were also touted for the PS3, but now we have to wonder if maybe they just can’t pull it off. Don’t get us wrong, we love our PS Vita. It is, by far, the most powerful handheld on the market, but we are left wondering if the PS3 was ever truly considered in the whole Remote Play concept. The image above clearly shows Killzone 3 as a Pause-and-Pickup title, but that feature has yet to make it into ANY PS3 game. Why not? Did they give-up on PS3 owners as far as remote play goes once they got their dev kits for the PS4? One has to wonder.

This also leads us to believe that future developmental updates for the PS3 might be over as well. The new XMB  for the PS4 is extraordinary. It’s a feature rich environment, with a social media focus, and the PS3 would greatly benefit from this. Will the PS3 get this feature or will Sony only allow it for PS4 owners? Only time will tell but we aren’t holding our breath.

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The new Dualshock4 PS4 controller also has a social media focus, with the ability to capture game play video and share it on the internet with the touch of a button. As a site that does video game reviews, this is something that generally takes a third party device, that doesn’t come cheap, and then a computer to process and upload the data. Will the DS4 work with the PS3 or will the PS3 be left out in the cold?

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Of all the things we took from Sony’s presentation, the most important is one that still rings true for the PS2. Older games are the past, while only new games truly rule the future. With the exception of Blizzard Entertainment and Diablo III, no one mentioned anything about the PS3. The PS3 is yesterday’s news. No backward compatibility assures Sony of still selling off their PS3 units, but now they expect everyone to add another device to their already over filled entertainment center. The PS4 does have a DVD/BDVD drive, so it will at least play your library of movies. You library of PS3 games that you have been amassing for over six years? Not so much.

So goes the future of gaming. PS2 classics can now be purchased on the PlayStation Store but owning a hard copy of that classic nets you no benefit. Maybe you haven’t played some of those old school games in years, but what if you want to play Heavy Rain on your PS4 in five or six years down the road? Get ready to cough up some of your hard earned cash to purchase it again and play VIA the cloud.

Even if cloud gaming is the future, why are the consumers the ones always punished in the pocketbook by new technology?

 


Full List of Supporting Developers

Japan

ACQUIRE Corp.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS CO.,LTD.
ARTDINK CORPORATION
ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.
Bethesda Softworks, LLC
CAPCOM
Chara-Ani Corporation
CRAFTS & MEISTER CO.,LTD.
CyberConnect2 Co.,Ltd.
D3 PUBLISHER Inc.
Dimps Corporation
Electronic Arts Inc.
FromSoftware, Inc.
GANBARION Co., Ltd.
Genki Co., Ltd.
Granzella Inc.
GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
GUST CO.,LTD.
IDEA FACTORY Co., Ltd.
IMAGEEPOCH INC.
Index Corp.(ATLUS)
KADOKAWA GAMES,LTD.
KADOKAWA SHOTEN CO., LTD.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
LEVEL-5 Inc.
MAGES. Inc.
MarvelousAQL Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc.
NIHON FALCOM CORPORATION
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
O-TWO inc. (peakvox)
PlatinumGames Inc.
SEGA Corporation
SPIKE CHUNSOFT Co.,Ltd.
SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
TECMO KOEI GAMES Co.,Ltd.
TOSE CO., LTD.
tri-Ace Inc.
Ubisoft Entertainment
WILL CO., LTD
XING Inc.
YUKE’S Co.,Ltd.

Asia

BLUESIDE Inc.
Ratloop Asia Pte Ltd
Red Hare Studios
XPEC Entertainment Inc.

North America

17-Bit
5th Cell Media LLC
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Armature Studios
Behaviour Interactive
Bethesda Softworks, LLC
Blind Squirrel Games®
Certain Affinity, Inc.
Darkside Game Studios, Inc.
Devolver Digital
©Disney
Double Fine Productions, Inc.
Double Helix Games
DrinkBox Studios Inc.
Edge of Reality, Inc.
Electronic Arts Inc.
FarSight Studios
Gaijin Games, Inc.
Gearbox Software
HB Studios Multimedia
Heavy Iron Studios, Inc.
High Voltage Software, Inc.
inXile Entertainment Inc.
Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC
JETPACK Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
Klei Entertainment Inc.
Lab Zero, Inc
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company
Metanet Software Inc
Minority Media Iinc.
Nicalis, Inc
Panic Button, LLC
Psyonix Studios, Inc.
Slant Six Games
Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Spark Unlimited
Spry Fox LLC
SuperVillain Studios
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Telltale, Inc.
Tribute Games Inc.
Turtle Rock Studios, Inc.
Ubisoft Entertainment
vBlank Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
WayForward Technologies, Inc.
Zombie Studios, LLC

Europe

4A Games
505 Games
Abstraction
Beatshapers
Big Ant
Big Bit
BitComposer
Bloober Team S.A.
Boss Alien
Bugbear
Cauldron
City Interactive
Criterion Games
Croteam
Curve Studios
Dakko Dakko Ltd
Deck 13
Double Eleven
Eko Software
FatShark
Flying Wildhog
Four Door Lemon
Frozenbyte
FuturLab
Gaijin
GHOST GAMES – AN EA STUDIO
Green Hill Studios
Kalyspo Media
Laughing Jackal
Ludosity
Mediatonic
Milestone
Mojang
Onmi Systems
Prodigy Design
Ripstone
Roll7
Ronimo
Rovio
Shortround
Sperasoft
Sproing
Stormbasic
Straight Right
Targem
Tate
Techland
Tonika
Torus Games
Vector Cell
Virtual Toys
Vlambeer
Wizarbox

 

  • https://www.facebook.com/848204576 Victor Velasco

    Very well said, Louis! :D

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